We have all been there…Something is not going right during a workout – or hell maybe everything is not going right and you are just having a grumpy workout day. Maybe Byron programmed all the things you suffer at in the same workout. Trust me – this has happened to all of us. We will live to fight another day and likely whatever the workout is tomorrow will have something that is in our wheelhouse. Please lord something I excel at for a little workout redemption.
So what do I do when this happens…if I am being honest…I probably start to get into that whole Negative Nancy, Debbie Downer mindset initially and talk real dirty to myself (please read that the right way – dirty=mean). BUT that does nothing but make the whole situation worse, especially my already struggling performance.
- I have actually started to talk to myself out loud and give myself a little “come on bitch” slap my thigh pep talk.
- Focus moves into the “one rep at a time” mindset…and sometimes it truly is one at a time?but if that’s what keeps me moving, I know Positive Polly is giving Nancy and Debbie a solid beatdown.
- I have started to laugh a little and try to take fitness a little less seriously – it is supposed to be fun right?! But sometimes when nothing is going right it is not as fun as we want it to be. In this case: laughing can be the best option.
- A little self reflection goes a long way. Remember when I couldn’t even do this movement? Remember when I was only comfortable with the PVC pipe? That sort of reflection puts the pity party into perspective?
- Lastly, I check out the leaderboard to see how many other people “woofed” at this workout – reading through those comments really helps turn my mood around?
I will say that CrossFit has a way of beating you when you are down, so you have to develop a tough skin and get your mind right when you are having an OFF day. These are some of the things that help me through those workouts. Always remember – you can’t let Debbie and Nancy beat you – bring Polly to the party.
Tough times don’t last but tough people do.